CHIA-Winning Norwood Gardens Break Ground

CHIA-Winning Norwood Gardens Break Ground



Norwood Neighborhood Breaks Ground on Norwood Learning Gardens

Project funded by a Community Health Innovation Awards grant from the UAB CCTS

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, historic Norwood’s neighbors and friends will gather to break ground for the first of 4 planned community gardens in the neighborhood. The gardens, collectively known as Norwood Learning Gardens, are an effort by the Norwood Resource Center and community members to ensure that fresh produce and fruits will be available to Norwood residents within steps of their front doors.

Funding for the gardens was secured through a competitive grant process sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Community Health Innovation Awards provide communities a unique opportunity to design, develop, and implement innovative ideas for solving their most challenging community health needs. Five specific areas of concern were the foci of the inaugural grants: empty lots and abandoned homes; lack of sidewalks and walking trails; crime; high blood pressure; and diabetes.

In proposing Norwood Learning Gardens, the Norwood Resource Center and community members sought not only to create a community garden, but to create a culture of family gardening in a community setting. Groundbreaking for the first garden will be at Norwood Elementary School where 4th and 5th grade students will complete the Junior Master Gardener program, designed by U.S Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. The remaining 3 gardens will be built on empty and neglected lots in the neighborhood.

The groundbreaking will be led by Mayor William Bell and is scheduled for 10:45 am on Saturday, February 23rd on the west lawn of Norwood Elementary School, 3136 Norwood Boulevard, Birmingham, Alabama. For additional information call Mélodie Echols at 205/322-7361, or email at:​​​